CORVALLIS, Ore. - The FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students across Oregon will be held Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, at Oregon State University. It is free and open to the public.

The event at Gill Coliseum will feature robots built by students, in which teams of three robots compete in various games. The best opportunities to see the competitive games will be Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Students spend six weeks designing, building and testing robots for this competition, and will be available to interact with and answer questions from the public.

FIRST, or "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," is an organization that runs robotic events for grade school through high school students. More information can be obtained at

Organizers of the program say that FIRST participants are significantly more likely to attend college and major in science or engineering.

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